There are some authors that you know you smile reading, and Lauren Layne is one of those for me. In the interest of honesty, I’ll admit that occasionally I’ll cover my mouth when reading near my husband because I don’t want to hear any derisive remarks about the creepy but ecstatic smile on my face. (This is all very normal, right? Right.)
Layne’s latest, I Think I Love You, is the friends to romance read that you’ve been waiting for. It’s scintillating and joyful, witty and sweet; a celebration and a goodbye.
This book picks up the story of Brit and Hunter, employees at Layne’s famed Oxford magazine and also best friends. When the book opens, Brit has been dumped again, and she determines that it’s because she’s too much of a friend to her dates. She feels more sweet than sexy, less seductive than girl-next-door one-person-welcome-committee.
In true, amazing rom-com fashion, Brit decides that the answer to her problem is lessons in seduction. Who better to teach her than her best friend Hunter—a Missouri transplant who is hot, successful with the ladies, and a good listener? (Also, he has glasses. Insert any excited face emoji here.)
In a refreshing take on the friends-to-lovers trope, there isn’t a case of long-held unrequited love here. Neither character is initially attracted to the other, and that makes their delicious, sultry slide into romance even more appealing. Of course, we can see that they’re perfect for each other, and so can the assorted other Oxford and Stiletto characters we’ve fallen in love with over the years who make an appearance in this final book in both series.
There’s so much to love about this effervescent read: a true and lasting friendship that’s sweetened and sexified (that’s a word, right?). A family of supporting characters who intervene in every way possible—and remind us of their own wonderful love stories. And a giant HEA that made it a little—and I mean a little—easier to accept that there will be no new characters added to this series.
Pssst! If You Like This Book, Try: Any, and I mean any, of Layne’s other books. She’s a national treasure. Some of my other contemporary favorites are Lauren Blakely and Kate Meader. And I just read and adored my first Emma Chase novel, Overruled, so go ahead and pick that up too.
I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley, but all opinions provided are my own.
Give me that HEA, please.
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